The Coyote Howl - Join in Coastal Cleanup Day, Volunteer for Trail Counts, and Partner Events
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September 2015: Happenings and News about Coyote Creek and Friends

State of the Estuary

The 12th Biennial State of the Estuary conference is this month, and we are part of a Poster Cluster titled Partnerships for a Healthy Coyote Creek. We are very excited to be a part of this prestigious event.

Six posters were accepted that include Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful, City of San Jose, San Jose State University, Clean Creeks/Healthy Communities, Downtown Streets Team, and CommUiverCity. Each poster reflects different efforts by these groups to bring awareness to and engage people to take action towards a healthy Coyote Creek.  Read more >>

If you plan to attend the conference on Thursday, September 17, please stay for the session to see our work. 

Take care,
Deb Kramer
Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful Program Manager

Coastal Cleanup Day is September 19th

California Coastal Cleanup Day was first organized in 1985 by the California Coastal Commission.

Coastal Cleanup Day is about much more than picking up trash. It’s a chance for Californians to join people around the world in expressing their respect for our oceans and waterways. Each community can demonstrate its desire for clean water and healthy marine and aquatic life. And it’s a moment to share with one’s neighbors, family, and friends, coming together to accomplish something vital and worthy on behalf of our environment. A recent San Jose Mercury article shares the value in working together for healthier creeks on Coastal Cleanup Day.

This year, we'll be at Coyote Meadows, formerly known as "The Jungle". Come see the transfrormations first hand. Won't you join us?

Register on Eventbrite

Coyote Creek Trail

Volunteers Needed for 9/23 Coyote Creek Trail Counts

We all know that trails are great places to be, but we also need to know about the users. Join us for two hours at the Coyote Creek Trail Count at Singleton Ave to help the City of San Jose on the annual trail count day. You'll work in pairs and learn a bit more about the Coyote Creek environment and users. Learn more and sign up>>

Perry Henry keeps our volunteers safe

Featured Volunteer: Katja Irvin

We first met Katja one year ago. She is a long-time volunteer for the Sierra Club-Loma Prieta Chapter and heads up the Water Committee for the Sierra Club. She is out nearly every cleanup advocating for the mission of the Sierra Club and recruiting people to participate in water-related activities. She's had some success with issues she's been fighting for, and we are happy to have her be a part of the team. On behalf of Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful and many other environmental groups, we say "Thank You" for all your terrific work.
Sierra Club GRG Hosts a Walk and Talk about Creeks

Partner Spotlight: Friends of Los Gatos Creek

The Friends of Los Gatos Creek, under the leadership of Steve Holmes, have been removing trash and advocating for healthier streams for over 2 years now. They just reached their 100 tons of trash milestone and made a video about it. That is an amazing feat, but oh, so sad that Los Gatos Creek has had that much trash in it. The host regular creek cleanups using the Team 222 model (second month, second Saturday, for 2 hours), and this nimble group of volunteers has developed a citizen monitoring program. 

This summer, the group merged into an overarching group called South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition, of which Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful is a partner. Learn more about the them on their website and Facebook page. Better yet, join in a cleanup!

Around the Bay...


The Intersection of Art and the Environment: Using art to bring about environmental change

Every now and then, art and the environment come together. Watershed Project has an article about how art can be a great tool to bring about environmental change, especially since art is a visual element and images can be more powerful than words. Read more >>

Summer Creek Cleanup Challenge

For the month of August, Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful hosted three creek cleanups. Riparian Avenger Lue wrote about his eperiences and the myriad of people he encountered from all over the South Bay. Read more >>

Birds, Birds, Birds

San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory is gearing up for its Annual California Fall Challenge, a month of guided bird walks and contests. Sample activities include: Guided Bird Walks, Click Off Bird Photo Contest, and Band-a-Thon. Learn more >>

Artwork Featuring Creeks and Rivers of Silicon Valley

South Bay Creeks friend and artist Donald Neff has a show at the Environmental Education Center. Come enjoy a selection of paintings from the Coyote Creek Watershed. Exhibit runs August 22 through Fall 2015. Learn more >>

Selected Upcoming Events

Be sure to see all our events and partner events on the comprehensive calendar.

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